One of the ten essential summer festivals in North America 2012—Pitchfork
"One of the best and most eclectic music festivals in America."—Spin
"Incredibly diverse"—The New York Times
With more than 450 bands performing and 60,000 fans attending since 2010, Hopscotch Music Festival is one of America's most talked-about weekends for music lovers. This year, Hopscotch brings 175 bands to 15 venues in downtown Raleigh. Intended to highlight the Triangle's music scene by pairing exciting local talent with notable national and international artists, Hopscotch offers choices in just about every genre imaginable—rock, hip-hop, alt-country, metal, dance, punk, classical, noise, drone, folk, and more. It is a festival that thrives on the variety and quality of its lineup, and with roughly 35% of the musicians hailing from Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and other nearby locales, it's a testament to both this region's musical diversity and its national relevance.
Hopscotch happens September 5-7, 2013 and features:
- 175 bands performing at night
- Day Parties
- Cultural Series
- POSTERscotch exhibition
- HOOPscotch musicians charity basketball game
- SHOPscotch artisan market
More local, regional and national press for Hopscotch:
"The festival is like a younger cousin to SXSW or CMJ...However, where the enormity of cities like Austin or New York make it all but impossible to jump between bars without spending your entire festival en route, Hopscotch is small enough that skipping between shows actually makes sense. Plus, roaming the streets between can't-miss acts leaves lots of time to run into new friends, get sidetracked into unexpected shows or end up on a random adventure. And there was plenty of that."—Mountain Xpress, Asheville
"In Raleigh Thursday through Saturday, it was all about an extraordinarily cool roster of bands. With streets cordoned off throughout the downtown area, thousands of people...wandered among ten participating music venues, creating a Mardi Gras-like atmosphere."—Rolling Stone
"Hopscotch: perfection, indeed"—The News & Observer
Hopscotch Music Festival is proud to call Raleigh home. Its founder and director is Greg Lowenhagen. Its co-director is Grayson Currin.